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Bean Bag Therapy in Sensory Modulation

Our brain’s function that involves arranging sensory information from various environmental input is called sensory modulation. It is part of one’s capacity to fully understand his presence in the physical surroundings as he develops awareness of his body. When a person is stimulated, the brain helps the individual concentrate on that particular stimulus while filtering out and modulating the rest. For a couple people with behavioural and developmental challenges, processing sensory input can be extremely tough. Because of this, they undergo bean bag therapies that assist them regain self awareness and control.

The ones who are requiring therapy are children with autism, adults with borderline personality disorders, and victims of trauma and abuse. Input such as touch, pain, sound, odour, movement, sight, and taste can over or under-stimulate them. Their central nervous system has trouble in judging the amount, nature, or intensity of a stimulus, thus making it difficult for them to attain an optimal performance and adaptation in their daily lives. This interferes with their learning, social skills, and self-worth.

Bean bags are tools that are helpful in making a people organise their sensory faculties and obtain awareness of their bodies due to their versatility and safeness. They are filled with beans or similar materials like such as shredded foam, and come in various shapes and sizes.
The even pressure and hugging effect they have on the human body makes them much-loved products for deep pressure therapy in autistic kids. They are generally used as chairs that provide immediate sensory responses to the child with each subtle change in his actions. The child becomes more conscious of his movements as foam within the bags conforms to his physique. Once he shifts around the chair, the process of finding what is a comfortable position and what is not helps him focus on all sensory cues.

Another approach that uses smaller bean bags is referred to as therapeutic tapping. This provides a strong and deep pressure input to the body. The person is tapped all over from the arms and hands, down to the legs and feet. This can be performed routinely at specific times throughout the day, and each area is tapped for one minute prior to moving to the next. The tapping motions help the client focus on the different areas of the body and regain awareness. This is helpful for trauma and abuse victims who have grown fearful of touch because gentle tapping makes them realise that touch can also be good and less threatening. This will then allow them to exercise power over sensational responses.

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